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Having fewer hospital beds does not mean less health care

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1229
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The number of beds in NHS hospitals may be falling, but that doesn't mean the amount of health care provided has been reduced, argues the NHS Confederation in a briefing paper it issued this week.

    The briefing from the confederation, which represents NHS trusts in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, is the first in a series aiming to debunk some of the popular myths surrounding the most contentious issues in the NHS.

    “We need to …

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